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The Social Dilemma - Idaho Water and Climate Change

Water is the foundation for human civilization and human life. Dr. Trina Running talks to Jessa about water’s critical role in human civilization and the changing environment.

Dr. Trina Running is a professor in the sociology, social work, and criminology department at Idaho State University. She looks at climate change and environmental justice from a social point of view - what does climate change mean for human society, and how do we help ourselves in this crisis? In the first episode of our conversation, Trina explains the social dilemma of climate change and how that expresses itself in Idaho’s water system.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

Trina Running’s website, which describes her research and has links to her publications:

Water rights overview, Idaho Department of Water Resources:

About Idaho’s Aquifers, from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality:'s%20aquifers—the,Region%2010%20(including%20Idaho).

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.